When Dylan Mills released his debut album as Dizzee Rascal in 2003 he put London's newest sound, grime, on the global map. Fashioned from his experiences as an amateur pirate radio DJ and MC as well as his fascination with Three 6 Mafia, drum & bass and heavy metal, Boy in da Corner captured the raw energy and determination of a teenager who had found salvation in music.
A critical and commercial success, the album earned Mills three top 30 hits and the Mercury Prize at age 19. It also put him on the road to becoming the first legitimate pop star to emerge from the grime scene, with more albums, worldwide tours and a performance at the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics. As part of the 2016 Red Bull Music Academy UK Tour, Dizzee Rascal sat down for a public conversation in which he recalled the inspirations that went into his debut and the lessons learnt along the way.
1:04 - DJ origins
5:20 - Grassroots of grime
12:56 - Making songs for the dance
15:59 - Winning the Mercury Award
18:17 - Making Boy in da Corner
26:11 - Three 6 Mafia
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